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1119 Left Out

Paul talks about England not getting the World Cup and the state of English football.

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left out in the cold

Now both of our countries recently got left out in the cold for the future World Cup.

Here, left out in the cold means eliminated from competition. Notice the following:

  1. They were left out in the cold for hosting the 2020 Olympics.
  2. I felt left out in the cold.


I've become a little bit kind of apathetic towards my country

When we are apathetic, that means we have no interest or opinion in something that may be important to others. Notice the following:

  1. I'm really apathetic about the tuition increase.
  2. He's always so apathetic about everything!


People are heralded as being the saviour and the best in the world

Someone or something that is heralded is being widely talked about as in a positive way. Notice the following:

  1. Michael Jackson was heralded as the king of pop.
  2. David Beckham was briefly heralded as the saviour of American soccer.

tear someone to pieces

They really tore him to pieces.

When we tear someone or something to pieces, that means we speak about in a very negative way. Notice the following:

  1. The press tore him to pieces.
  2. The movie was torn to pieces by critics.

media circus

We do have this problem with the media circus within England.

An event that triggers a lot of activity by the press - TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, etc., is said to cause a media circus. Notice the following:

  1. The royal wedding caused a media circus.
  2. The media circus was almost more entertaining than the event.